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Prima pounces for Meade

Noel Meade's Prima Vista (5-2) bridged the gap between handicaps and Graded company when winning the Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Dare To Doubt set out to make all of the running, but Davy Russell was intent on not letting him get too far clear aboard Rathlin.

Rathlin appeared to have his measure until he demolished the final hurdle, which paved the way for Paul Carberry to bring home Prima Vista, who was sent off favourite for the MCR Hurdle, by a length and three-quarters.

Meade said: "I kept this here in mind all season for him. He was unlucky in the MCR Hurdle when he got trapped and then was out wide and at Naas last time he was too far behind to be competitive.

"If he comes out of this OK he'll go for one of the Grade Ones at Punchestown - either the two-mile (Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle) or the two-and-a-half-mile (Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle). I've a feeling he possibly wants further so it could be the two-and-a-half mile."

Simonsig looks a terrific prospect for trainer Ian Ferguson after his easy victory in the Irish Racing Post Champion Point-To-Point Bumper. A winner of two of his three previous points, jockey Chris Cully had no option but to take up the running turning into the straight as he was travelling so well.

The 11-4 favourite idled a little inside the final furlong but he was so far clear it made no difference as he coasted home to beat Kandinski by 13 lengths. The winner represents the same connections as Cheltenham Foxhunter scorer Zemsky.

Ferguson said: "That's him done for the season now. He'll be turned out into a field. He's still a bit weak and backward. I'll speak to the owner but he might move on to a bigger trainer in England now."

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary offered to purchase the winner of the race for 100,000 euro, but owner Ronnie Bartlett turned down the bid.

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